Check list for vision problems in children
Blurred vision is not the only problem. The following signs or symptoms may be an indication that your child has a vision problem.
General Appearance of Eyes
- Eyes not appearing straight
- Excessive blinking
- Squinting to see
- Unnecessary eye movements
- Frequent eye infections or persistent red eyes
- Watery eyes
- Abnormal light sensitivity
- Avoids close work
- Holds book very close
- Works with head close to the desk
- Poor or unusual posture when reading or working at desk
- Loses place when reading
- Skips words or lines when reading
- Slow copying from the board
- Makes errors when copying
- Writing spacing poor; trouble staying on the line
- Poor concentration
- Persistent head tilt
- Frequent rubbing of eyes
- Head movements when reading
- Squints to see
- Closes or covers one eye when reading
- Blurred vision at distance or near
- Double vision
- Problems keeping vision clear or slow to clear when moving focus from distance to near (blackboard to desk in the classroom)
- Itchy or burning eyes after near work
We generally recommend examinations for children at 3 and 5 years, then annually through school. Many parents are lulled into a false sense of security about their child’s vision as they know that their sight has been “checked” by the school nurses. Unfortunately this is a very simple screening test which does not assess the complex processes involved in developing a comfortable visual system. (For further information see our section on Behavioural Optometry).
Jo is our Behavioural Optometrist and is a member of the Australian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO).
For more information view our Behavioural optometry page.